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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill giving more than 30,000 state workers raises. The Democratic governor signed the bill Tuesday, March 27, a day after the Senate and House passed it. Most state workers will receive a 2 percent raise this year, and 2.25 percent increase in the next fiscal year (some earlier reports indicated it would be 2.5 percent).
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Three juveniles have been identified as suspects in fires set Saturday at the former Lake Park-Audubon High School here, the Lake Park Police Department announced Monday, March 26. A citizen tip led police to a 13-year-old boy from Audubon and two 14-year-old boys from Lake Park, who admitted to lighting fires in the gymnasium and to prior break-ins and vandalism at the building, police reported. Reports in the case have been forwarded to the Becker County Attorney's Office for consideration of charges.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—No one will be walking on the Indian at Park High School in the Twin Cities suburb of Cottage Grove again. The high school is removing a controversial Indian head mosaic from a hallway floor. Installed in 1965 to depict the mascot for the Park High School Indians, the mosaic had recently been criticized by students and community members.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Authorities are looking for a driver who took off after killing a 26-year-old Alexandria man with a vehicle while the man was walking in Alexandria Monday night, March 19. Travis Pennig was found by the side of the road and had suffered significant injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle, according to the Alexandria Police Department release on Tuesday. He was taken to the hospital but didn’t survive his injuries, police said.
ST. PAUL — Anglers catching walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake will have to throw them all back again this summer. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday announced its summer 2018 regulations for the big central Minnesota lake that includes catch-and-release fishing all season, and no night fishing from May 14 through the rest of the year.
MENAHGA, Minn. – A Nevis man was injured when a turkey flew out of a ditch and smashed through the windshield of a pickup in Wadena County in northwest Minnesota on Sunday afternoon, March 18, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Thomas Walls, 38, who was a passenger in the vehicle was treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena, the Patrol reported. Scott Taylor, 51, of Menahga, was driving a 1988 Ford pickup southbound on U.S.
The report said a 1991 Olds Cutlass was northbound on Highway 55 and went off the road north of Barrett about 3 a.m. The underbrush and dry grasses under the vehicle caught fire and the vehicle burned.
ST. PAUL -- State officials are warning Minnesotans not to consume a plant called kratom in any form because it may be contaminated with salmonella. Minnesota’s health and agriculture departments, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as several other states, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections linked to kratom consumption, a health department news release said Friday, March 16.
ROSEAU, Minn. -- Minnesota Lottery officials said Thursday someone bought the winning $22.8 million ticket drawn Wednesday at a Holiday Station store in Roseau. General Manager Angie Brodshaug of Store No. 193 said the winner hadn’t claimed the ticket yet Thursday, but the phones have been ringing off the hook since the news first came out.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota vehicle registration, title and licensing computer system will remain in limbo at least through the weekend. An attempt by Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis, for the full Senate to vote on a measure appropriating funds to continue fixing the troubled MNLARS system failed Thursday, March 15, when Republican leaders said negotiations on the issue will go through the weekend.